New report of persecution in Laos
June 03, 2014
Weeks after Christian students were reported barred from taking year-end tests in Savannakhet Province in south-central Laos, police in the same province have detained a man for refusing to renounce his Christian faith, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom and the Fides news agency.
The man, identified as Mr. Sort, was the first man in his subdistrict of 20 villages to embrace the Christian faith. After being threatened with eviction from his village and confiscation of his money and property, he refused to renounce his faith.
The Southeast Asian nation of 6.7 million is a Communist state; 67% of the people are Buddhist and 2% are Christian. Approximately one-third of Christians are Catholic.
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